Definition of fusillade
1a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid successionb : something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism
Examples of fusillade in a Sentence
A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard.
responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial
Recent Examples of fusillade from the Web
Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh emceed the event, which ended with a fusillade of fireworks that were visible across Le Havre.
For a passage of frenzied mayhem, Mr. Gilbert came up with the idea of having the players toss paper fusillades at him.
Now that the breezes have turned into honest-to-goodness gusts, the set is as compromised as Dafoe’s balance: Fusillades of grainy, sooty gray sand are flying through the air, getting into ears and noses and under fingernails.
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Origin and Etymology of fusillade
French, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil
First Known Use: 1801
FUSILLADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fusillade for English Language Learners
: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly
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